Ayella Ordonez is a sophomore at Salina South High School, and she is a member of the varsity bowling team under head coach Seth White.
As a freshman last season, Ordonez was a letterman and carried an average of 157 per game. Coach White said she is a great teammate. “Ordonez is always encouraging other around her,” said coach White. “She has a series high of 575.”
Coming into the new season, coach White returns several key bowlers including Ordonez. “I really got into bowling at the age of eight, when my grandpa Greg Kerr got me into a bowling league. I started bowling at All Star Lanes in Salina, but I’m sure I started bowling way before the age of eight since I grew up being in the bowling alley all the time. I’ve also received a lot of help from pro bowlers and other people in the area,” said Ordonez. “Something that I’m looking forward to this upcoming season is us girls really getting to participate. Last year I felt like the season went fast due to COVID regulations, so I hope that we can all come together this year and make the season great. Another thing that I’m looking forward to this season is definitely state and regionals and getting my average higher.”
Ordonez said she loves her teammates and is looking forward to competing with them. “One thing that I love most about my bowling teammates at South is our communication. Everyone is always so supportive if one of us is throwing a bad game, and everyone can always cheer up one another if something bad happens. I feel as if we can all go to each other when something goes wrong,” said Ordonez.